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Near-record crowds take advantage of new perks at City’s recycling event

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2010

MEDIA CONTACTS
Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager
253.835.2771

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Near-record crowds take advantage of new perks at City’s recycling event

Free electronics recycling and other no-cost perks drew near record crowds at the City of Federal Way’s Fall Recycling Event on Sept. 18. The City also recorded the widest range of recyclables collected in the 16-year history it has staged the twice-yearly recycling event.

A total of 1,193 vehicles brought 141,868 pounds of material. The City holds the special event to collect materials that are difficult to recycle and that are not collected at curbside: mattresses, tires, electronics, stumps, Styrofoam blocks, fluorescent tubes and more.

This fall, the City focused on electronics recycling (defined as “anything with a cord”). Residents brought 22,000 pounds more electronic waste, roughly five times the usual amount collected. TruRecycle, a not-for-profit organization, disassembles the material by hand, then sells the marketable components (metal, plastic, glass, cords, etc.) to recyclers.

Bicycles were also collected for reuse through Marine View Presbyterian Church’s “Bikes for Kids” program. A total of 155 bicycles will be refurbished and given to the needy in the community.

“The turnout was truly incredible,” said Jeanette Brizendine, event coordinator and recycling project manager for the City. “If it were not for our amazing staff and volunteers, we could not have handled all the things residents brought to the event.”

Seven recycling event volunteers will be recognized at an upcoming City Council meeting for their outstanding efforts at the recycling event. They include: Hilary King, Danette Lam, Erik Lam, Jessica Lam, Shawn Lam, Tyler Ohmie and Ben Summers.

Missed the event? Check out King County’s calendar at www.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste for dates and locations of other recycling collection events, or see www.kingcounty.gov/whatdoidowith for everyday recycling options for a variety of materials.

Please visit www.cityoffederalway.com/recycling for a complete list of items accepted at the event and
other recycling information, or call Jeanette Brizendine, City of Federal Way Recycling Project
Manager, at 253.835.2771.

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